Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time and imagination are uncategorizable.
David Friesen and Glen Moore, two of the more influential bassists in jazz, recently teamed for a tour through Europe concluding with this, their third duo recording over the last 40 years. Add the decade between their initial meeting in Seattle before their first recording, 1977's "In Concert" (Vanguard), and the total time they've been working together comes to 50 years. Named for the two-humped camel native to the steppes of central Asia, "Bactrian" offers ample new proof that these old friends continue to take great glee in surprising and challenging each other, their listeners, and themselves.
"A bassist and composer of extraordinary scope, Moore's work combines the spontaneous, physical verve of jazz with the abstract dissonance of modern classical music."
- Oregon Encyclopedia.
1. Still Waters 4:49
2. Free Play 4:19
3. Hoe Down 5:47
4. Soft as Silk 4:34
5. Caravan 5:45
6. Return 6:15
7. Seam Line 4:38
8. Time and Time Again/Brilliant Heart 4:01
9. Summer Time 2:29
10. Kontrast 9:41
11. The Bactrian 8:23
Produced by David Friesen & Glen Moore
Executive Producer: David Friesen
Recorded and mixed by Stephan Van Wylick at Fattoria Musica, Osnabruck, Germany, March 25, 2015
Post Production & mastering by Dana White at Specialized Mastering, Portland, OR
Liner notes by Patrick Hinely
Front cover and back Paintings by David Friesen
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Here's a perfect example of a record that is one of those sets that probably couldn't get made but needs to be made. Here's a perfect example of a record that certainly starts out on paper as being something that's not for everyone but it's execution shows it's for anyone that wants their ears taken on a trip they won't forget. Two unmistakable b ...
Bill\'s Blog (William Minor)
Walt Whitman was not the first person to claim to contain multitudes. In Greek mythology, Deucalion and Pyrrha were instructed by Themis to replace the loss of mankind (after the end of an Iron Age flood) by casting stones of the earth (reinstating men and women) behind them. The couple claimed, "Nos duo turba sumus" ("We two form a multitude." ...
WTJU - Richmond (Dave Rogers)
The partnership of bass masters Friesen and Moore would seem destined to elicit one of two opposing reactions: (1) two bass players and nothing for variety / melody for half of the recording? Even given the half when one or the other slips over to the piano, that's a awful lot of bass! (2) two of the most inventive and accomplished bassists and we' ...
Oregon Jazz Scene (George Fendel)
Both David Friesen and Glen Moore are Portland residents who have worked together and separately for more than forty years. On this album they explore eleven originals, some of which cross the paths of jazz and contemporary classical music. Of particular interest is the fact that both Friesen and Moore try their hand(s) at the piano on a few tracks ...
KUCI, Irvine, CA (Hobart Taylor)
Bassist Friesen is a marquee name and joined here by fellow bassist Glen Moore, they divvy up the channels, Friesen left, Moore right, and like the two humped camel of the title, (occasionally with piano ), they wend their way across musical landscapes. Bass is hard to play on the radio, the fidelity of the sound both as transmitted and received ca ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Both David Friesen and Glen Moore play bass and piano on this collection of duets and solos. Friesen plays a Hemage bass and Moore a regular acoustic one, and they emphasize the rumbling conversations of the strings on the babbling "Still Waters" and the agile "Caravan." Friesen's piano is pensive with Moore on"Soft as Silk" and when the roles are ...
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
Time and space can take nothing away from certain musical relationships. There are those on-and-off partnerships that flourish regardless of the frequency of encounters and years gone by, and this is clearly one of them. The connection between bass masters David Friesen and Glen Moore goes back some five decades. It yielded two previous duo rec ...
Ancient Victorys (Chris Lunn)
This is the third recorded collaboration of these musical giants known for their compositions, bass playing, and associations with each other and other major players and groups. They have toured the United States as a duo and have graced Europe with concerts, clinics, and workshops. Both bass players in a 2006 jazz poll were voted in the top twen ...
Jazz Scan (Ric Bang)
This album likely is meant for a limited audience: those who are turned on by the acoustic bass and two of the finest artists who play that instrument, David Friesen and Glen Moore. This is a duet concert by these two masters. Admittedly, both also are pianists, and half of the selections feature one of them on that instrument, with the other on ba ...
Bass World Magazine (Rob Nairn)
Glen Moore and David Friesen are two bass players who need no introduction; their bios and discographies are legendary, so any release form either is worthy of serious attention. A CD featuring the two of them is something special, especially given the enormous historical legacy they bring to their art. The Bass duo CD idea is not an altogether com ...
Improvijazzation (Dick Metcalf)
It's not often you get to listen to two masters of the bass on one album… this is kind of a "reunion" recording… they recorded together way back in 1977, and have now captured the results of a recent tour through Europe together. As you listen to songs like the lively "Hoe Down", you'll hear that from a jazz standpoint, there are few players t ...